Sky Bet Championship side Fulham are desperate to retain highly-sought-after teenager Ryan Sessegnon.
After coming through the ranks rapidly at Craven Cottage, the 16-year-old burst onto the footballing scene by making his debut in the EFL Cup against Leyton Orient, before featuring eight times in the second-tier of English football more recently.
Sessegnon was a regular part of Fulham’s under-18 side last season, at the tender age of 15, but was promoted to the first team ahead of their pre-season. He instantly became record breaker as he became the first player born in 2000 to score in the English professional leagues as he netted four days after his debut, at Leeds, in the 2-2 draw with Cardiff City. He also became the youngest player to score in a Championship match as he was aged 16 years and 94 days.
The young left-back has a number of clubs showing interest – including Premier League giants Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool according to the Evening Standard – but boss Slavisa Jokanovic is committed to retaining the defender, after labelling him as “one of the most talented teenagers in England”
“He is very good for this club. I am sure that he is going to be a very important player for us in the future.
“But he is only 16 years old and we have to be careful with him.
“He is working very hard and has to keep going.”
Sessegnon added to his reputation by becoming on the youngest scorers in the Emirates FA Cup after he scored the winner to give Fulham a 2-1 win at Cardiff City.